GWI 5
The GW Monogram
W/ Salient Border

 GWI 5-C

GWI 5-A, B & C “GW” WITH SALIENT SUNBURST BORDER: There appears to have been several dies of this button used for manufacturing. Each die appears to be slightly more ornate as if a design improvement for aesthetics was added. I illustrate below three die variants, but no sub-variants to any (at this time). This button was manufactured in both brass or plain copper. Most likely a gilt or silver finish was applied to certain brass specimens. The GW Monogram is stamped as well as the most of the design pattern. All the slogan’s capital letters are in raised high relief. This is a one-piece flat button with a soldered on loop shank. The Size for A is 32mm, B is 33mm, and C is 35mm. The Rarity Rating for A is R-6, and B & C is R-7. The button’s design depicts a Script “GW” Monogram in the center, with a Colonial Swirl off the “W” which encompasses both letters. Defining the inner well wall is the appearance of a stamped ring. A nice design feature which helps the channel well set off the slogans raised letters. Inside the channel well is the popular slogan used at George Washington’s inaugural ceremony, “Long Live the President.”  This is in all Roman font capital letters. Separating the beginning and ending of the motto is a small raised Christian Cross at the six o’clock position. Separating the outer and inner design is a stipple ring of small lines. Circling the outside field is an ornate Salient facing Pyramid on Pyramid design. The pyramidal design is almost tree like in nature. Circling the outside edge border is an incuse Stipple Ring. GWI 5-A, has 23 pyramidal designs, GWI 5-B has 24, and GWI 5-C has 28 Pyramidal designs.

(The are four known Examples for all three Varieties A-2, B-1, and C-1).

Salient: In the mid 16th century was used as a heraldic term. It’s Latin translation is Leaping. Salient means pointing outward.

 

 

 

 

 

GWI 5-A “GW” WITH SALIENT SUNBURST BORDER

Color: A Nicely Re-Toned Dark Yellow Brass with A Light Golden-Green Hue.
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Impressed Design with Raised Lettering in Circular Channel, Brass.
Size: 31.4mm. 81.8 Grains
Rarity: R-6
Variety Type: 23 Pyramidal Impressions, 32mm.
Present Condition: A Non Excavated Specimen, A Strong Planchet Casting, A Good Impressions Remains.
Obverse Button Analysis: This is a nicely preserved button with good clear details remaining. There is a slight shallow waviness to the button’s planchet, but its hardly noticeable. The center’s fancy script “G” in the GW Monogram has a weak strike, and is unfortunately worn flat in some areas. The “W” has a nice deep strike, but the colonial swirl is shallow, and worn flat at the 6 o’clock position. The narrow channel well that houses the slogan only has a light foot print for depth, and is also worn flat in fastening areas. All the Roman font capital letters for the slogan, “Long Live The President” is still easily readable, but one should note the letters are worn down. Most of the buttons pyramid on pyramid flames in the legend have a deep strike and still show a clear image. The only exception is the few pyramids around 6:30 and 10 o’clock position. These pyramids are completely worn flat into the field. The surface has some minor scratches and abrasions in between the pyramidal flames at the 12:00 o’clock position, but they do not interfere with the pyramidal flame designs. The button was lightly cleaned long ago, but has nicely started to re-tone. This is a nice addition to anyone’s collection.
Reverse Button Analysis: This is flat a one-piece button with a soldered on loop shank. The shank was re-soldered by Cobb. The surface is smooth with a few abrasions. Cobb descriptive label on back.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI 5 A-1:
History:     Yes                     Recorded Sales Price:   Yes
Current Button Owner and Location
:                    No

Stacks Auctions January 15, 2003.~
Harold Cobb/Descendants 1950 to 2003.~
Purchased from Harvey (S. Luscomb) in 1950.~

Both Albert and Cobb Rated this an R-6 with less then 5 specimens known. Cobb only knew of two specimens (Sally Luscomb and Wilsons).

The Albert Plate Specimen was used to illustrate WHB 7 in 1949. Another example by Asa Bird Gardner was used in a magazine of American History in 1883.

After Albert and Cobb’s had a disagreement and fell out, A different specimen was used to illustrate RAU.WI5-A in 1976.

There is another possibly known example of GWI 5-A that is rumored to Reside in Cortland, N.Y. , but No Records or Pictures were ever published.

 

 

 

 

 

 

GWI 5-B “GW” WITH SALIENT SUNBURST BORDER

Color: A Dark Golden Brown Patina with Yellowish Green Highlights.
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Impressed Design with Raised Lettering in Circular Channel, Brass.
Size: 31.3mm. 85.7 Grains
Rarity: R-7
Variety Type: 24 Pyramidal Impressions.
Present Condition: An Excavated Specimen, A Strong Planchet Casting, A Strong Impressions Remains.
Obverse Button Analysis: This button’s patina is nicely toned, and shows good clear details. The surface is granular in appearance, and shows porous areas. The fancy Script GW Monogram retains a nice deep strike, with clear readable letters. The stamped well’s ring just outside the monogram gives good separation between the “GW” monogram and the slogan. The narrow channel well that contains the motto is nicely inset and allows for the slogans letters to show volume. The Roman font capital lettering in the motto, “Long Live The President” is still well defined, but unfortunately lacks clarity due to the button’s porous nature. The 24 pyramidal flames also have a nice deep strike, and show no signs of flat wear or smoothness. As noted earlier, the outside field lends to micro porosity throughout, but definitely lends a nice color and charm to the device.
Reverse Button Analysis: This is flat a one-piece button with a soldered on loop shank. The shank is original and intact. The surface is rough and porous.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI 5 B-1:
History:      Yes                   Recorded Sales Price:    Yes
Current Button Owner and Location
:                   No

Stacks Sale January 15, 2003.~
Harold Cobb/Descendants 1962 to 2003.~
Cobb Purchased from Peter Shurto in 1962.~

The Albert Plate Specimen was chosen to illustrate RAU WI 5-B in 1976. The fact that Albert used a plate of cobb’s specimen to illustrate 5B suggests he did not have one of his own to photograph. Most likely there are less then 5 specimens known, Cobb only knew of the one specimen which was his. This was found by Peter Shurto in 1962 in an old Jewelry Box in an Estate (R.I. Bannisters) in Old Saybrook, CT.

 

 

GWI 5-C “GW” WITH SALIENT SUNBURST BORDER

Color: A Beautiful Toned Brass White Yellow
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Impressed Design with Raised Lettering in Circular Channel, Silvered Copper.
Size: 35mm.
Rarity: R-7
Variety Type: 28 Pyramidal Impressions, Stippled, 35mm.
Present Condition: A Non Excavated Specimen, A Strong Planchet Casting, An Exceptional Impressions Remains.
Obverse Button Analysis: This Variety isn’t listed in Albert’s, Cobb’s, or Johnson’s Book. Neither is this design found in any past auction sales. This button’s pattern shows exquisite details. The surface appears flat and smooth with a few spots of natural micro-porosity and pitting. (This could be due to the original planchet casting when the button was first manufactured). The Script “GW” Monogram, and the Colonial Swirl off the “W” is nicely stamped with a good deep impression. The narrow channel well has a nice deep strike, and shows all of the slogan’s letters nicely. The popular motto, “Long Live The President” is easily readable with clear letter lines. The Pyramid on Pyramid Flames have a nice deep stamp with a clear image. Ringing the periphery’s edge is an incuse stipple ring. This is definitely a museum quality piece for this variety, and a jewel in anyone’s GW collection.
Reverse Button Analysis: This is flat a one-piece button with a soldered on loop shank. The shank is straight and intact.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI 5 C-1:
History:                      Recorded Sales Price:         Yes
Current Button Owner and Location:                    No

 

GWI 5 “GW” WITH SALIENT SUNBURST BORDER

Color: A Beautiful Toned Brass White Yellow
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Impressed Design with Raised Lettering in Circular Channel, Silvered Copper.
Size: 33mm.
Rarity: R-7
Variety Type:  Pyramidal Impressions, Stippled, mm.
Present Condition: A Non Excavated Specimen, A Strong Planchet Casting, An Exceptional Impressions Remains.
Obverse Button Analysis: This Variety isn’t listed in Albert’s, Cobb’s, or Johnson’s Book. Neither is this design found in any past auction sales. This button’s pattern shows exquisite details. The surface appears flat and smooth with a few spots of natural micro-porosity and pitting. (This could be due to the original planchet casting when the button was first manufactured). The Script “GW” Monogram, and the Colonial Swirl off the “W” is nicely stamped with a good deep impression. The narrow channel well has a nice deep strike, and shows all of the slogan’s letters nicely. The popular motto, “Long Live The President” is easily readable with clear letter lines. The Pyramid on Pyramid Flames have a nice deep stamp with a clear image. Ringing the periphery’s edge is an incuse stipple ring. This is definitely a museum quality piece for this variety, and a jewel in anyone’s GW collection.
Reverse Button Analysis: This is flat a one-piece button with a soldered on loop shank. The shank is straight and intact.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI 5 A-2:
History:      Yes          Recorded Sales Price:  Yes
Current Button Owner and Location:  ~ Colorado ~

The Brook Moore Collection.

 

 

GWI 5-A “GW” WITH SALIENT SUNBURST BORDER
(This Buttons Was Produced Using the Same Die as Cobb’s Original Specimen)

Color: A Coppery Brown With Silver Highlights.
Metal: Flat, 1-Piece, Impressed Design with Raised Lettering in Circular Channel, Pewter.
Size: 31.4mm.
Rarity: R-6
Variety Type: 23 Pyramidal Impressions, 32mm.
Present Condition: A Non Excavated Specimen, A Good Planchet Casting, A Good Impression Remains.
Obverse Button Analysis: A rare specimen that was noted by Page Auctions as being previously owned by A. Albert. I never came across any die variant Albert owned using this pattern. On another note, this is not the example Albert used in his own book either. After studying the button, I did note that this is the “same die” that was used for Cobb’s original specimen. There are a few tell tell signs in the die itself that led me to this conclusion. We do know there were Pewter GW buttons made during Washington’s Presidency; so without other historical information, I cannot reasonably say that “without a doubt” that this was not made during his term. The planchet is solid, but is no longer flat. There are a few shallow depressions, and a wavy feel to it. The Script, “GW” Monogram only shows a light foot print for an impression, but does have flowing lines for the most part. The Colonial Swirl off the “W” is a bit shallow in depth, and has a flat spot around the 7 o’clock position. The circling channel well that houses the slogan has a nice deep strike, and gives the letters a fair amount of height and volume. All the Roman font capital letters in the slogan, “Long Live The President” are still easily to see and read, but some of the tops are flat pressed. Most of the buttons pyramidal flames have a strong impression with clear lines, except the one between the “+” and the “L”. There are some blemishes around the button’s edge, but most likely from being handled through the ages. This is a nice rare specimen that was made from the original die, and should be a welcome specimen to anyone’s collection.
Reverse Button Analysis: This is flat a one-piece button with a soldered on loop shank. The shank is original, straight, and intact.

Library Records Has Limited Information WI 5 A-2:
History:      Yes          Recorded Sales Price:  Yes
Current Button Owner and Location:  ~ Colorado ~

Previously The Charles Gray Collection.
The Brook Moore Collection.